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IBM Number One in Worldwide Application Development Software Market Share


IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has ranked IBM as the worldwide market share leader in the application development marketplace based on total software revenue in 2006.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that IBM is the global leader in the application development software market, according to Gartner.

According to the independent report, IBM is the leading market share vendor in total software revenue, with 25.2 percent market share, more than double the share of its nearest competitor. The worldwide application development and project and portfolio management software market grew 7.2 percent in 2006 to nearly $7.2 billion, according to Gartner.

“Customers need an open and flexible environment for developing software. The one-size-fits-all approach does not work for the multi-platform enterprise customer,” said Dr. Danny Sabbah, general manager, IBM Rational Software. “IBM’s continued market share leadership is a clear testament to our cross-platform strategy and end-to-end software portfolio.”

IBM was also noted for its overall leadership across application development market sub-categories, including Java AD Tools, Object Oriented Analysis & Design, Software Change & Configuration Management-Distributed, and Language-oriented development -- the largest application development submarket. In addition, Gartner named IBM market share leader in the Requirement Management sub-category in the Middle East and Africa, Japan and Latin America regions. According to the report, IBM is also the market share leader for the Testing-Mainframe category in the Middle East and Africa and Japan.

IBM Rational helps clients govern the business process of software and systems delivery. IBM Rational products and best practices power the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform, the premier platform for teams who build, extend, modernize, integrate and deploy software in business applications, embedded systems and software products. This cross-platform solution offers IBM customers and business partners an integrated application development environment that is based on open standards, including the universal Eclipse framework.

Gartner’s Market Share Report titled “Market Share: Application Development and Project and Portfolio Management, Worldwide, 2006” is authored by Laurie Wurster, Fabrizio Biscotti and Asheesh Raina and was published May 22, 2007. The report analyzes the total software revenue for vendors in the application development and project and portfolio management markets. Gartner is a leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry.

IBM helps developers remain competitive in today’s fast-paced development environment. Innovative programs such as IBM developerWorks, the premier technical resource for software developers, and IBM alphaWorks, IBM’s emerging technologies outlet, provide an online community for the developers of today and tomorrow. Developers who are independent software vendors can take advantage of sales and marketing tools, skill-building courses and technical support by joining the worldwide IBM PartnerWorld program. IBM’s Academic Initiative and IBM Rational Software Development Conference are examples of the ongoing learning and community-building programs needed by students, educators and developers worldwide.

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